BCPhA endorses medical marijuana
pilot project in B.C.
For immediate release: Friday
April 2, 2004
Vancouver, B.C. - The British Columbia Pharmacy
Association announced today that it would support pursuing discussions with,
Health Canada for a pilot project to dispense medical marijuana from selected
pharmacies in B.C. This pilot project will be the first of its kind in North
The medical marijuana pilot project will be launched this fall to coincide
with new federal legislation effective, September 2004.
Pharmacists, highly trained medicine managers and drug information experts
are educated to dispense all types of medicines and over-the-counter drugs
and routinely work with narcotics. The BCPhA believes that pharmacist are
the most appropriate health care professional to educate and dispense standardized
medical marijuana to Health Canada and physician approved patients.
Marnie Mitchell, BCPhA CEO, had this to say on the BCPhA endorsement
of the project, "We view this as an opportunity to explore an exciting
new role for our members and to offer a new treatment option for patients
living with pain and chronic illness."
For further in formation contact:
British Columbia Pharmacy Association
Telephone Direct: 604-269-2863 or 604-261-2092